Daily Devotional – 9/25/13 “Stuff happens!”

You woke up this morning, that’s a blessing. You can still use all of your limbs that worked on yesterday, that’s a blessing. You still have your mind, you still got a little sleep and you have a place to call home; that’s a blessing. Yea, I know that you may be going through something and you’re probably sitting there wondering why, why me, why do I have to go through this, or why is this happening to me but you were chosen by God for a time such as this so that’s an even bigger blessing! I get it and trust me I understand how it feels to get paid on Friday and your account will barely break even, the more you do for these ungrateful kids the more they act up or beg and the more you do for your job, the more they act up or beg but get this … Stuff happens. That’s life! What are you going to do about it? Do you sit around sulking, throw a 1 person pity party, whine, cry and throw a tantrum or do you do hold on until your change comes? You have read your bible haven’t you? You do know that everything happens at its due time, don’t you (Ecclesiastes 3)? You understand that we all have a storm to endure, a battle to fight, a cross to bear, a Goliath to defeat, a sickness to go through, debt to overcome, an addiction to break, a break in the rope to reach beyond, a no (sometimes 2) to face, a closed door, lying friends, hating family, a dark path, a test to take and a testimony to make; right? However, yet, but, nonetheless; the bible says in James 1:12, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” Now, God promised you a crown of life on the other side but on this side 2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” Doesn’t that make you rejoice? It should because after everything you go through there is a yet in between your test and testimony.

I may have cancer yet I will survive. I may have this disease yet I will be healed. I may be without a job yet I’m living. I may be down now yet I will get up. I may not have all I want yet I have all I need. I may be going through yet I don’t look like it! Stop rushing to give up on things! Stop wallowing in self-pity because things aren’t going your way or because you didn’t get the job that you thought had your name all over it. Stuff happens in your life every day. Stuff happened yesterday and will happen tomorrow. What you do when you get knocked down, is pick yourself up, dust off the dirt and keep going. Eventually you’ll stop wobbling and falling, just like a baby that’s learning to walk. It doesn’t matter about the number of times you fall, as long as you get up. The only thing you should be doing on your knees is praying because digging a hole for yourself won’t help. God has made you and He has already destined you for greatness but you’ll have to work for it. Anything worth having is worth working for! Stuff happens, get over it!

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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